Easter falls early this year and if you’re starting to wish you’d booked a holiday sooner, now’s your chance!
With average temperatures in late March reaching highs of 20 0C across Europe, it’s the perfect time to take a break and enjoy outdoor activities with the whole family. Sea temperatures are starting to heat up at this point, so as long as you don’t mind that slightly bracing chill, water sports are definitely on the cards. We’ve looked around for the best last-minute holiday deals this Easter, all of which are perfect if you’re looking for an action-packed family break.
Just think – you could be heading to the sun in a matter of weeks!
Water Sports in Tenerife
4* All Inclusive from £168
Families looking for that perfect combination of sun and fun should turn their attentions to Tenerife, where warm temperatures and endless activities are promised. The largest of the Canaries, the island is diverse, with a wild, volcanic interior and developed resorts along its southern strip. Like all of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a haven for water sports enthusiasts.
With prices starting from £210pp for 7 nights, the 4* all-inclusive Diamante Suites near Playa Jardin is a family-friendly option on Tenerife’s northern coast. Beyond the resort, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of sports including parasailing, flyboarding and windsurfing.
Cycling in Majorca
4* All Inclusive from £134
Majorca’s diverse landscapes and superb climate have cemented its status as one of Europe’s top cycling destinations. Serious cyclists from across Europe head to this Balearic for its practically traffic-free roads.
Are you ready to tackle an active Easter break with the family, catching a tan while you do so? Terrain varies from steep climbs in the Tramuntana mountain range to more sedate rides through the island’s central plains – so there are options for all abilities. Starting from £329pp for 7 nights, the 4* Las Arenas Hotel in Can Pastilla near Palma, Majorca’s capital and cultural centre, offers a wide range of amenities and an ideal base from which to explore the island.
Surfing in Algarve
3* All Inclusive, from £150pp
Portugal’s Algarve boasts some of the best surfing in Europe, with rolling waves for beginners as well some pretty big breakers. Its popularity means there are plenty of surf schools and hire shops dotted along the coastline between Sagres and Faro. Expect water temperatures to be chilly, but this will be offset by the early warmth of spring.
Prices at the all-inclusive 3* Golden Club Cabanas, Tavira start from £150pp, and the resort has two outdoor pools, a spa, a fitness centre complete with climbing wall and a host of children’s activities. A Cabanas Beach boat shuttle is offered at no charge and you don’t have to stray far to find some great waves to surf in!
Horrible Histories in Rhodes
7 nights Half Board, £117pp
Rhodes is one of the most popular Greek islands. Golden sand beaches are dotted along its eastern coastline, and they attract the bulk of the island’s summer visitors. Prassoníssi, on Rhodes’s southern tip, is also consistently found on lists of Europe’s best windsurfing spots. But the real attraction for many visitors remains Rhodes Town, an ancient city that’s been an important stop-off point for everyone from Ancient Egyptians to medieval crusaders and Italian merchants.
Is your family keen to explore history and culture when on holiday? Prices at the all-inclusive Kresten Palace on Rhodes’s east coast, start from just £117pp for 7 nights this easter. It won’t take you long to get from the hotel to the fourteenth-century Old Town. Built by the Knights, Hospitaller is one of the best-preserved medieval cities you’ll find, with highlights including the Archaeological Museum and former Palace of Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller.
Diving and Snorkelling in Fuerteventura
4* All Inclusive from £349
Popular with British holidaymakers looking for some winter sun, Fuerteventura is also a terrific destination for clear waters and beautiful landscapes. On the more sheltered east coast, you’ll find calmer waters ideal for swimming and snorkelling, while the rugged and exposed west coast has big plunging breakers and stronger winds for surfing and windsurfing.
Are you a family with children of all ages? Fuerteventura offers activities that will keep everyone happy – whether looking for adventure or just to build a sand castle, you’ve got all the options! Prices at the 4* all-inclusive Arena Hotel in Corralejo on the island’s northern tip start from £349pp for 7 nights, with family-friendly facilities and crystal clear waters.